Rebecca Fox

ORC signals drive to address Silver Stream flood risk

ORC signals drive to address Silver Stream flood risk

It might look like the Otago Regional Council had "gone to sleep" in the past four years over the flood risk on the lower Silver Stream but it was the Dunedin City Council that needed to front up and deal with related planning issues in the area, ORC chairman Stephen Cairns said yesterday.

Consent incentive 'still flawed'

An "improvement but still flawed" is Local Government New Zealand's reaction to details released yesterday on the discount councils will have to give for late processing of resource consents.

DCC tells woman to stop feeding cats

DCC tells woman to stop feeding cats

Concerns about the health risks of more than 20 cats and their faeces in a small densely-occupied South Dunedin neighbourhood have led the Dunedin City Council to serve a cleansing order on the woman who feeds them.

$160m tunnel to be considered

Otago and Southland conservation boards will consider in confidence a draft report on Milford Dart Ltd's proposal to build a $160 million tunnel linking Queenstown to Milford Sound.

Dodgeball calls for youth and experience

Dodgeball calls for youth and experience

Dan Benn had no qualms about having his father Brian on his dodgeball team: he hoped his experience would give his "Off in the Woods" team an edge.

Tea marks book buses' contribution

Tea marks book buses' contribution

While Dunedin Public Libraries' book-bus names of PT and PQ might not be as colourful as their previous incarnations, nicknamed Gertie, Victoria and Puff, the service's effect remains just as great.

Campervan concern aimed at tourism body

The Otago Conservation Board will take its concerns about freedom camper pollution to a national tourism body but has not ruled out continuing to advocate for a nationally consistent response to the problem.

Haast land swap approved

A land swap to allow the realignment of the road and a new bridge at the Gates of Haast has been approved by the Otago Conservation Board - subject to regular updates on monitoring the work.

Peninsula sea lion pups get tags, health check

Peninsula sea lion pups get tags, health check

Sea lion pups frolicking in a pine forest next to an Otago Peninsula beach had their playtime interrupted yesterday as a Department of Conservation-led team gave them a quick checkup.

Risk of flooding, slips and rapidly rising rivers

As heavy rain continues to fall in Fiordland and Westland, alpine-fed streams could rise quickly and there is a risk of flooding and slips today, MetService warned yesterday.